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Monday, January 31, 2022

The province of Tenerife closed 2021 with 60% fewer overnight stays than 2019

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The influence of the omicron variant on the tourism industry at the end of 2021 has weighed on the recovery trend of the hotel sector, which closed last year in the province of Tenerife with 15.2 million overnight stays in hotel and non-hotel establishments, 60.4% less than those registered in 2019, the last pre-pandemic year.

By islands, the greatest drop occurred in La Palma, with -66.4%, an island that added the volcanic eruption to the health crisis in the last quarter of the year; it is followed by Tenerife, with -60.4%, La Gomera (-53.7%) and El Hierro (-43.5%).

These data correspond to the Tourist Accommodation Survey of the Canary Islands Institute of Statistics (Istac), which is periodically analysed by the Ashotel Sustainability Observatory.

Compared to 2020, the total number of overnight stays in the province of Tenerife grew by 31.2%, going from the total of 11.5 million to the 15.2 million mentioned above.

Regarding travellers staying in establishments in the province of Tenerife, in 2021, they represent 53% less than in 2019, although 38.8% more than 2020. By islands, the smallest drop occurred in El Hierro (-38.75 %), followed by La Gomera (-48.9%), La Palma (-49.5%) and Tenerife (-53.7).

In relation to the nationality of the travellers staying, the main market in terms of volume was Spain (1.03 million), which registered a drop of 27.37% compared to 2019, but 73.11% more compared to 2020. The second largest market was the British, with 450,092 tourists staying, 75.76% less compared to the pre-pandemic year, although also -8.82% compared to 2020. The third largest market was German, with 250,647 travellers, -60.3% compared to 2019, although 31.75% more than in 2020.

The total income of the accommodation sector in the province of Tenerife in 2021 exceeded 685 million euros, 648 million less than in 2019 (-55.32%) and 29.7% more than in 2020. By islands, the only one that experienced better data than 2019 was El Hierro, with 2.64 million admissions, an increase of 3.69%. The rest of the islands suffered a considerable drop. In Tenerife, revenues plummeted 55.4%, in La Palma 62.1% and in La Gomera 46.7%.

Regarding the average occupancy rates by bed places, all the islands recorded percentages lower than 2019. Tenerife registered an average occupancy rate of 46.2%; La Palma 39.5%, La Gomera 40.2% and El Hierro just 24.6%. The average stays are also lower in all cases. Tenerife fell from 7 days in 2019 to 5.91; La Palma from 6.6 days to 4.3; La Gomera from 5.3 to 4.8 days and El Hierro from 3.9 to 3.6 days.

2021 BALANCE SHEET AND 2022 OUTLOOK

The closing data for 2021 reveals two clear obstacles to the recovery that the sector had undertaken last year. Added to the negative effect of the omicron in recent months has been Spain's decision to request a complete vaccination schedule for British citizens between 12 and 17 years of age, for whom their country did not prescribe a second dose until mid-December, which which caused numerous cancellations of family reservations for the Christmas period. This decision of the Spanish Government attends, from the point of view of Ashotel, to questions of a political nature, rather than to the health criteria themselves, since it makes no sense that an Austrian minor between the ages of 12 and 17 can enter the country with a negative diagnostic test and cannot be done by a British minor without a complete vaccination schedule.

After the celebration of the last edition of Fitur International Tourism Fair last week in Madrid, it has become clear that the market is alive and eager to travel. “There is a large contained demand, pending the contagion curve definitively stagnating and travel restrictions gradually being eliminated,” says the president of Ashotel Hoteliers' Association, Jorge Marichal.

For this 2022 that has started with difficulty in terms of reservations, Ashotel trusts that the drop in infections will definitely allow this pandemic to become a common disease, like the flu, and the travel sector will recover the 2019 figures to come back this winter and be in a better situation with the arrival of summer.

Booking.com